Na­tion­als cel­e­brate 100 years of women

Crop spring field day to­mor­row

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

AN event held to cel­e­brate the con­tri­bu­tion of women to the Na­tion­als over the last 100 years and to en­cour­age their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the fu­ture of the party was held at the Tar­rawingee Hall on Sun­day.

The event was part of the “100 years – 100 towns” cen­te­nary of The Na­tional Party, but also recog­nised the in­cep­tion of the women’s ex­ec­u­tive, which be­gan its life just as long ago, as the women of the then Vic­to­rian Farm­ers Union.

Around 30 at­tended the af­ter­noon tea in­clud­ing Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa) and re­tired Na­tional Party politi­cian and Myrrhee res­i­dent, David Evans, who pro­vided some in­sight into the his­tory of the party.

Event co­or­di­na­tor Emma Wil­liamson, Na­tion­als North Eastern Zone Women’s Ex­ec­u­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tive, said the aim was to cel­e­brate the past and reignite in­ter­est in the fu­ture.

She said with the Wanga-

IN AT­TEN­DANCE: Party mem­bers and guests in­clud­ing (rear, from left) Ge­off Wil­liamson, Richard Marsh, Steph Ryan, Marie Marsh and (front, from left) Emma Wil­liamson, Ann Jar­rold and Felic­ity Gay­lard, gath­ered to cel­e­brate Na­tion­als Women. ratta women’s branch also cel­e­brat­ing its 85th an­niver­sary this year, it was a priv­i­lege to have the deputy leader of The Na­tion­als, Steph Ryan, in at­ten­dance.

“We want to recog­nise that while we have 100 years un­der our belt, there is a great fu­ture ahead,” she said.

“As a fe­male in the party, Steph is do­ing amaz­ing things and she is an in­spi­ra­tion to many peo­ple, es­pe­cially women.”

While a lot has changed it seems a lot has also stayed the same, with is­sues in­clud­ing get­ting a good price for pro­duce, ac­cess to re­li­able trans­porta­tion, aged and health care at the fore­front of the agenda in 1918, and still there to­day.

Ms Wil­liamson said she hoped to host more events in the re­gion in the fu­ture THE CHRON­I­CLE, Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 27, 2017 - to re­vive and en­cour­age friend­ships and spur more women to be­come in­volved in the po­lit­i­cal realm. Page 7

RIVER­INE Plains Inc and FAR Aus­tralia will be hold­ing a Spring Field Day to­mor­row at the River­ine Re­search Cen­tre at Bur­ramine from 9.30am – 1.30pm.

The River­ine Re­search Cen­tre is a part­ner­ship be­tween River­ine Plains Inc and FAR Aus­tralia.

The field day is a ter­rific op­por­tu­nity to view and dis­cuss the range of re­search tri­als sown lo­cally.

The field day will fea­ture dis­cus­sions about:

Crop man­age­ment pack­ages for early sown, long sea­son wheats: in­clud­ing early find­ings from a La Trobe Univer­sity project ex­am­in­ing mid-March to mid-May sow­ing dates, plant pop­u­la­tions, ni­tro­gen tim­ing and graz­ing. Michael Straight and Nick Poole, FAR Aus­tralia.

In­flu­ence of frost on ce­re­als: the lat­est on frost risk and sow­ing date in­ter­ac­tions, ni­tro­gen tim­ing and canopy struc­ture Michael Straight, FAR Aus­tralia and Dr Cas­san­dra Schefe, River­ine Plains Inc.

Fungi­cide re­sis­tance in the eastern states: The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and what it means for crop man­age­ment. Dr Fran Lopez, Cen­tre for Crop and Dis­ease Man­age­ment.

Us­ing NDVI to de­ter­mine ni­tro­gen rate: re­sults from 2016 tri­als. Dr Cas­san­dra Schefe, River­ine Plains Inc.

What have we learnt about fer­tiliser prac­tice in the re­gion over the last five years? Lee Men­henett, Incitec Pivot Fer­tilis­ers.

Trial site tour: in­clud­ing bar­ley agron­omy (fungi­cide and ni­tro­gen in­ter­ac­tion) and ni­tro­gen re­search on Co­rack wheat. Michael Straight and Nick Poole, FAR Aus­tralia.

Morn­ing tea and lunch will be pro­vided. The River­ine Re­search Cen­tre is lo­cated on Forges Road, Bur­ramine, turn south into Forges Road from Kata­matite-Yar­ra­wonga Rd, ap­prox 7km from the Be­nalla-Yar­ra­wonga Rd/ Kata­matite-Yar­ra­wonga Rd in­ter­sec­tion (sig­nage pro­vided).

WARM WEL­COME: Na­tion­als north eastern zone women’s ex­ec­u­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tive Emma Wil­liamson (left) with Na­tion­als Women’s ex­ec­u­tive chair Meree Bath (right) were de­lighted to wel­come (cen­tre) Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa) to the Tar­rawingee Hall for the event on Sun­day.

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